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Medievalism and the French Modernist Stage

W. Anthony Sheppard

in Revealing Masks

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223028
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924741 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223028.003.0007
Medievalism and the French Modernist Stage

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This chapter explores French medievalist music theater, focusing first on Ida Rubinstein's collaboration with Claude Debussy and Gabriele d'Annunzio and then on her more significant work with Paul Claudel and Arthur Honegger. Prior to his encounter with Noh and his collaborations with Rubinstein, Claudel had already demonstrated an interest in the medieval mystery plays and in creating modern religious works for the stage. One of his most successful plays, the 1912 L'Annonce faite à Marie, was inspired by the mystères tradition. Rubinstein's commissions encouraged him to focus more intensely on religious drama.

Keywords: music theater; Ida Rubinstein; Claude Debussy; Gabriele d'Annunzio; Paul Claudel; Arthur Honegger

Chapter.  5327 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Applied Music

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